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are glad to see him come. >>> next up, where is the loyalty? a one-time chief of staff to jon huntsman has passed over his former boss and endorsed mitt romney. his reasoning -- he's uniquely positioned to beat barack obama. he broke the news it was a little awkward. >>> speaking of awkward, it was just personal. apparently in new jersey last week governor chris christie used his line-item veto to strike funding for certainly health and social programs. the reaction from steve sweeney -- i wanted to punch him in his head. you know who he reminds me you have? mr. potter from "it's a wonderful life." that's what senator convenery called him. they're a longtime bipartisan allies. they put out a statement yesterday while saying wheel sweeney's comments were disrespectful, christie stands ready to work with him going forward. >>> the number of women in congress dropped for the first time in 30 years. whatever reason, the new york rising star, senator kirsten jill brand wants to reverse that trend. she joints us next. you're watching "hardball," only on msnbc. >> he was a good-looking guy before
and drink. jon: chasing away the elephants. >> reporter: "america live" starts right now. martha: indeed it does, thank you very much. we start with this fox news alert. this is "america live" i'm in for megyn kelly, i'm martha maccallum. we have just learned that president obama is going to speak in under two minutes. he has just been in very high level meetings about the debt ceiling. we are waiting for a briefing from the white house. wendell goler is standing by, he's been watching this process. we are starting to hear a little bit of what came out of the meeting. what can we expect a couple minutes from now. >> reporter: i expect the president will say there was progress made in the meeting with democrat and republican leaders of the house and senate, though he's unlikely to detail the progress. the only comments made at the start of that meeting were about the sandstorm in phoenix. the president put social security on the table today in an effort to cut up the $4 trillion from the deficit. republicans are saying they are considering tax loop hopes closing loopholes but they
jon kyl from arizona. as you know, he was part of the talk with vice president biden said that text revenue -- tax revenue increases have been on the table. not tax increase but the tax revenue have. listen to this and i want you to respond. >> it has been on the table. we have been talking about increased revenues. we're not talking about increasing taxes. if the government sells something and gets money from it, that is revenue. if there is a user fee of some kind. if we want to raise it to keep up with the times, that is revenue. if you add up the revenues that we have agreed to, we republicans agreed to, it's between 150 and $200 billion. >> bret: so the statement that republicans are putting a gun to the head that they are not coming to the table with anything, is that disingenuous? >> well, listen, i was obviously at the table for the biden talks. we have a commitment we don't talk about what was said and not said in the room. i think there is no question that you have had many republican leaders make comments like no revenues at all. if that is wrong, we welcome that. as the
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